Under one roof, the community of Umzimvubu Local Municipality (ULM) converged seeking clarity and information on the progress of service delivery initiatives by this Municipality. On Monday, 22 June 2015 a massive gathering was held at Madzikane Ka Zulu Memorial field where all 27 Wards of Umzimvubu were represented by community members. Councillors, Executive Committee Members, Management and ULM Staff; led by the first citizen, Councillor Khulukazi Phangwa (Mayor) and Tobela Nota (Municipal Manager) the Imbizo was a success.

As depicted in chapter 4 of the Municipal Systems Act No.32 of 2000, Umzimvubu promotes a culture of participatory citizens through hosting of this form of the State of the Municipality Address which takes the shape of an ordinary Imbizo which affords all community members to raise their concerns directly the Municipality Council. Led by the Speaker of the Council, Cllr. Zolisani Sisilana, all Executive Committee Councillors and Ward Councillors were present at this event to assist in responding to community concerns and reporting on the progress made by the institution which is charged with providing services to its communities and paving a way for better lives for the citizens.

The Imbizo affords the community to interact directly with their government whom they voted for which then cultivates a culture of harmonious relations between the citizens and the Municipality. Different stakeholder groups such as the Youth Council, Traditional Leaders, Women Structures and Council of Churches were represented as they form part of the community of ULM.

A detailed profile of projects and programmes done by the municipality from Wards 1 to 27 was presented with their costs, expenditure, job opportunities the projects have created as well as their impact to the communities at large. Electrification in some wards was the main issue raised by communities, of which the Mayor managed to address, explaining to them the processes and procedures that need to be followed for households to get electrified.